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Stock Watch: Aqua America (NYSE: WTR)


Aqua America is in the regulated utilities industry and is in the utilities sector. The company CEO is Christopher H. Franklin. Aqua America Inc is the holding company for regulated utilities providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The WTR stock showed a previous change of 1.33% with an open at 40.69 and a close of 41.12. It reached an intraday high of 41.12 and a low of 40.60.

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The stock has a market cap of $8.9b with 215.7m shares outstanding, of which the float is 215.0m shares. Trading volume reached 634,666 shares compared to its average volume of 1,147,754 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Aqua America shares returned 0.59% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 7.10%. Over three months, it changed 15.48%. In one year it has changed 27.18% and within that year its 52-week high was 41.51 and its 52-week low was 32.09. WTR stock is 28.14% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 35.78 and a 50 day moving average of 38.26. Currently WTR stock is trading 14.93% above its 200 day moving average.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.08 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 38.07. Based on 5 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.30. The TTM EPS is 1.41, which comes to a TTM PE of 29.16. Historically, the PE high was 38.07 and the PE low was 18.10. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 25.52, which is a decrease of -37.93%.

Below was the last reported quarterly diluted earnings per share:

1stQtr of 2019 (Reported on 05/02/2019): 0.09
4thQtr of 2018 (Reported on 02/18/2019): -0.02
3rdQtr of 2018 (Reported on 11/05/2018): 0.44
2ndQtr of 2018 (Reported on 08/01/2018): 0.37
1stQtr of 2018 (Reported on 05/08/2018): 0.29

The dividend per share is currently 0.88, which is a dividend yield of 2.16%.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 92.30% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 11,215,521, which was 5.20% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 8.28. This stock has a moderate level of short interest, but may still be a buying opportunity depending on other indicators.

The current calculated beta is 0.43.

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 8.34%, return on assets is 2.45%, profit margin is 18.81%, price-to-sales is 10.36 and price-to-book is 4.39.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 0  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 0  :Financial Strength Score
 2  :Future Growth Score
 4  :Dividend Score
 1  :Overall Score

John Jones
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